I am more of a baker than a decorator. I have made some special occasion cakes and I like it, but they are the buttercream or simple fondant type cakes. I don't see myself making princesses, or characters, the kind of cakes kids like and parents will pay a fortune for. I can see myself making tiered cakes, covered with buttercream or fondant, or ruffled fondant. I like simple and elegant. I need practice in making them look better, but I do pottery, so I can already do a lot of the flowers, etc. Nothing fancy, though.
I am in a rural resort area, and there is already one baker here who has a small shop. She gets most of the business. I have heard a lot about her cakes and some love them, and others swear they taste of shortening, which I know she uses. Another woman who I was going to team up with is just starting - she has a deli, of sorts, with a bakery, and has made a few cakes. I saw them, and they were not the quality I would be willing to sell.
A third bakery 1/2 hour away has the business from most of the big resorts and makes about 10 wedding cakes a weekend, plus other cakes. Her cakes are mostly pretty simple, nothing like the ones I see on here, and I know she uses boxed mixes.
So...considering these people in my area, and that I am in a resort area, I am wondering if I would be able to make a living doing this in a few years with hard work and practice. I am a believer in organic ingredients as much as I can, I have my own free range chickens for eggs, can get organic butter, etc. I hate the taste of shortening, so wouldn't use it in my frosting. I know it is important to use in the summer, but I just can't stand the taste.
Any ideas, advice would be great. I am a very hard worker, and love to learn, so I am not daunted by how much there is to learn, just whether it would be worth putting in the time.